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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Vin Diesel
Katee Sackhoff
Dave Bautista
Karl Urban
Jordi Molla
Matt Nables.
Directors
David Twohy.
Screenwriters
David Twohy.
Running Time
119 minutes

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Riddick
2 Fast 2 Furyan


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Plot
Exiled by the Necromongers, Richard B. Riddick (Diesel) finds himself stranded on a planet where everything is even deadlier than him. Seeking a way off, he summons bounty hunters to the planet, aiming to steal a ship...


Review
Riddick

It’s been almost a decade since Vin Diesel’s unstoppable Furyan, Richard B. Riddick, proved all too stoppable thanks to The Chronicles Of Riddick. That movie, which sought to take Pitch Black’s standout character and widen his mythology, was ambitious but had one tiny flaw: it was bobbins. Yet, with the Fast franchise refilling Diesel’s tank, Vin and his long-time collaborator, David Twohy, have managed to eke out a little-goes-a-long-way budget for another shot at the character.

And, to maximize what could be their final moments together, the duo have plumped for an interesting structure: effectively, three films for the price of one.

Film one – Vin Diesel’s World Of Greenscreen – is a Riddick solo adventure, as the Furyan, left for dead on a planet he thought was Furya but, in the best line of Diesel’s Pazazu-impersonator narration, is revealed as “Not Furya”, attempts to survive in an environment where everything he encounters thinks he’s a hairless hotdog.

Largely wordless, the segment reminds us that Diesel still has charisma enough to hold our attention when he’s the only human element on screen for 25 minutes, fending off scorpion beasts and taming feral CG wolf-bastards. It’s almost a shame when Riddick spies an ominous threat lurking on the horizon, and decides to kickstart Film 2 by luring two teams of bounty hunters – aka his ride home to Not Furya. The longest section, it’s effectively a remake of Predator with Diesel as the alien, a barely-glimpsed but spooky presence as he stalks, and occasionally slashes, the rival mercs (one a bunch of psychotic scuzzos, led by the never knowingly subtle Jordi Molla; the other by-the-book professionals led by a stoic Matt Nables). It’s also, you may have noticed, an extended riff on a similar section in Pitch Black, but the bounty hunters aren’t well-drawn enough to hold the interest while Diesel stalks around on the edges of the screen.

He comes in from the cold for Film 3, which stops toying with the idea of remaking Pitch Black, and just remakes Pitch Black, as Riddick and the remaining bounty hunters join forces to fend off a mass nocturnal assault from a slimy, vicious alien threat. Filled with plot holes, character contrivances and, as a randy Riddick makes goggly eyes at Katee Sackhoff’s Dahl, the kind of sexual politics you’d expect in a '70s sitcom (Bless This Riddick, perhaps), it’s the weakest section, only serving to remind us that Twohy and Diesel did this before, and better. But they’ve also done it before, and worse, and for all its flaws, Riddick is lurid and ludicrous enough to make you curious about what Twohy and Diesel would do next time, probably with an even smaller budget. Riddick titting about in a cupboard, perhaps?


Verdict
Overlong and often overcooked, this is nevertheless a relative return to form for Diesel as the fiendish Furyan.


Reviewed by Chris Hewitt

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Pretty good

Don't listen to the naysayers. If you bought into the first two then this fits into trilogy quite nicely. I loved pitch black but it is over rated really. This is nearly as good as pitch black and slightly better than chronicles. ... More

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Posted by dfooster at 01:45, 20 February 2014 | Report This Post


Big disappointment.

This is essentially three short films tacked together rather than being a coherent feature. I liked the first section very much but if felt like a webisode or a short. Section two had more cliche than a script from a student film and section three was the ending from Pitch Black. I'm an unapologetic fan of Chronicles so I already have a high tolerance for crap. But this is a mess. ... More

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Posted by Nicky C at 15:57, 13 February 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Adsolute Rubbish.

The movie's cheap but has a sense of humor, and it's smart enough to let Riddick just get back to being a badass ... More

Posted by chang at 11:55, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


Adsolute Rubbish.

I cannot believe this got ANY stars. Absolute rubbish, rubbish and then some. Vin Diesel cannot act, terribly choreographed actions scenes, very very bad CGI and was about to throw up from the tactless, tactless sexism reducing Starbuck to a mere sex object everybody seemed to be waiting to bang... Basically 2 hours of my life I will never get back... Twohy and Diesel, please stop making these films!!!! ... More

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Posted by Gaschau at 15:56, 09 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Two Stars Too Many

It was ok,what were people expecting on a low budget? There will be worse,more expensive films made. ... More

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Posted by CriticNumberOne at 02:10, 10 October 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Two Stars Too Many

I have to admit while I did enjoy the film I agree with you. It felt a bit more like a poor remake of the original Pitch Black. Which I did go home and watch. ... More

Posted by Mxt at 16:45, 30 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Riddick

Vin Diesel always looks in his element playing Riddick, it suits him better than any role he's played i my opinion. Far better than the second film, Riddick plenty of good action, lots of blood and some crazy ass alien creatures. A lot of good fun. I agree that the story could have used a little work but I still found it thoroughly entertaining and well worth a watch. 3 and a half stars Edit - if you have a personal site then it goes in your sig. Empire prohibits link advertis... More

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Posted by BigScreenBullfrog at 17:34, 28 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Riddick

I heard that Vin Diesel put forward his own money on this film expecting it to blow up. Would make sense since its release came out shortly after the last Fast and Furious movie. Which one are we up to now? 6? 7? Anyway, what doesn't make sense is that the first release did not have that much acclaim at the box office, so Vin Diesel's support on a project that has either little or an iffy following seems like he's rolling dice with the odds highly against his favor. With world wide release I kn... More

Posted by StevenKThomas at 23:28, 26 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Riddick

Really disappointed with this folks. I loved Pitch Black, thought Chronicles was solid enough, but this was just plain weak. Just a complete rehash of the first, but not in good way. Way, way too long given the material(which was slight) . It could have lost a good 20 minutes off the running time. Whilst I appreciate what Diesel and co were trying to achieve with this stripped down tale, there just wasn't enough meat on the bones story wise. In a nutshell - Riddick gets marooned, and it's hu... More

Posted by film man aidy at 12:03, 23 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Riddick

It’s been thirteen years since David Twohy’s low-budget sci-fi horror Pitch Black which was not only featured a star-making performance from Vin Diesel – apart from his voice work in The Iron Giant – but his role of the antihero Richard B. Riddick has gained a cult following, leading to having his own franchise. Following the big-budget but lacklustre sequel The Chronicles of Riddick, Twohy and Diesel reunite and going to their old roots with the simply-titled Riddick. Exiled from the Necr... More

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Posted by R W at 18:54, 21 September 2013 | Report This Post


DIS AIN'T NUTHIN NEW.....

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – isn’t that what the old saying is? Riddick is nothing more than pastiche – an imitation of a previous (and much more superior) film. The original Pitch Black movie was a lean, mean action machine, a beautifully “pitched” piece of sci - fi horror where you weren’t sure who was going to survive. This newer version is more of the same but without the comic irony and the former’s black heart and soul. Familiar ac... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 15:39, 14 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Diesel Power!

I have to say that I enjoyed it, though it has many failings. I hope it does well enough to warrant one more outing, with Riddick getting back to his home world. ... More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 10:37, 11 September 2013 | Report This Post


Diesel Power!

Saw this for the second time today and enjoyed it just as much this time round. First up, I love Pitch Black. But I also love Chronicles. Beyond Serenity I think it is one of the most interesting Sci-Fi settings of the last decade. Yeah, it had cheesy elements, but it was fun! Riddick continues the trend. This film is good old fashioned fun and pays tribute to both the movies that came before - expanding the Chronicles setting and returning to the down and dirty nature of PB. And not since the ... More

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Posted by sirvolkar at 00:43, 11 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Riddick

After the opening twenty minutes in the company of Vin, you begin to pray for the other characters to arrive; if only because of how embarrassing it's getting watching Diesel be out-acted by an animated dog... ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 00:57, 10 September 2013 | Report This Post


I Am Riddick.

I felt like through most of it I was watching I Am Legend but on another planet. They even stuck to killing the dog. Not to say it isn't bad, it's pretty much what I expected, and I enjoyed it thusly. Better than Chronicles of Riddick but not as good as Pitch Black. It didn't really tie up all the loose ends and I feel another film is needed just so that Riddick can find Furya and kill Karl Urban, the story doesn't feel finished just yet. But it was enjoyable and I'd recommend it. ... More

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Posted by HolleePopp at 14:31, 07 September 2013 | Report This Post


Riddick(ulous)

If this film is as rated by Chris Hewitt wtf is he doing scoring 3 Stars. Unless I'm missing something 3 stars under Empire's own scale is GOOD? So is this a case of schizophrenia? Or is he awarding 3 stars to one movie and watched something completely different? ... More

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Posted by kittybinks at 21:51, 06 September 2013 | Report This Post


Pitch Black...Part 2 ! Vin Diesel back on form...

Yes, I agree with the main reviewer that it is 3 films in one movie. Gone is most of the terrible 'clunky' dialogue and out of place 'flash gordon' elements of 'Chronicles' and the movie is closer in tone to Pitch Black. 'Chronicles' gave Riddick a terrible back story and I would have preferred a 'Man with No Name' approach. Riddick is much better than 'Wolverine'. It is amazing what they have done with a low budget - as the action and SFX looks amazing. Hopefully there will be another 2 Ri... More

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Posted by Makman at 20:59, 06 September 2013 | Report This Post


Two Stars Too Many

This movie is utter dreck. Vin Diesel does a sub-par Bear Grylls impression for the first act. We then need to endure two teams of muscle-bound mercs spout rejected clichés from 'The Expendables' for the second act. With an Xbox-style "if it moves, shoot it; if it doesn't move, shoot it anyway" battle to finish this most unnecessary of sequels since the last outing of Riddick. Did nobody realise the most interesting aspect of 'Pitch Black' was the aliens?! Drop another unsu... More

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Posted by JackSlater at 16:31, 06 September 2013 | Report This Post


Two Stars Too Many

This movie is utter dreck. Vin Diesel does a sub-par Bear Grylls impression for the first act. We then need to endure two teams of muscle-bound mercs spout rejected clichés from 'The Expendables' for the second act. With an Xbox-style "if it moves, shoot it; if it doesn't move, shoot it anyway" battle to finish this most unnecessary of sequels since the last outing of Riddick. Did nobody realise the most interesting aspect of 'Pitch Black' was the aliens?! Drop another unsu... More

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Posted by JackSlater at 16:12, 06 September 2013 | Report This Post


Not bad

Ok, a bit low budget but I thought it completed a few strands from the first two films quite well. Empire rightly points out that it is a film of three parts but they all worlk resonably well and VD is a strong and entertaining character. I hope it leads to a couple more, Riddick is too good a character to just leave heading off into the distance. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 09:05, 06 September 2013 | Report This Post


what's wrong with the same?

Knew exactly what i was getting and got it. Was interesting to note that in reading previous about the films budget when i saw some ropey CGI i let it go because i know they were cutting back and it made it feel the same but different... SPOILER: no problem in killing a CGI "dog" then - good form ... More

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Posted by ppointin at 08:25, 06 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: AN IMPROVEMENT!!!

The first part of the movie is way too long, and pretty pointless, apart from allowing producer Vin Diesel to go through his seven facial 'moods' learned at acting school...it then picks up and is alot of fun (apart from some chatup lines that a rapist might cringe to use)... ... More

Posted by No Diggity at 12:09, 05 September 2013 | Report This Post


AN IMPROVEMENT!!!

Entertaining instalment in the Popular Franchise!! So it's back to basics for shaven headed Furyan Richard B. Riddick and all the better for it! This is a vast improvement on the overblown Chronicles which left him pretty vacant and aimless...good thing is that it only dwells briefly on his leadership of becoming the Necromongers new leader before being left for dead on a Barron alien world. Director David Twohy takes Riddick back to his mean and moody roots he first manifested in Pitch ... More

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Posted by Ramone87 at 21:23, 04 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Riddick

Never mind - I got it! It's not on the main site though for some strange reason.... ... More

Posted by Artoo at 16:11, 04 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Riddick

L: Empire Admin Post your comments on <a href=/reviews/review.asp?FID=138091><b>this article</b></a> Er,....where's the article?? ... More

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Posted by Artoo at 16:10, 04 September 2013 | Report This Post



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